Articles by Mary-Anne Gontsana

Devastating Langa fire destroys 70 homes

“My shack was filled with smoke and it was so hot inside. I grabbed my baby and ran out.”


19 November 2020

Motorcade through Cape Town to highlight gender-based violence

Police accompany Ilitha Labantu campaign


13 November 2020

Forgotten farm dwellers in Philippi plead for services

They say they do not know who to ask for help as farm owner is impossible to track down


10 November 2020

Nigerian protesters want Ramaphosa to help end SARS unrest

Human rights groups accuse the Nigerian police unit of extortion, harassment, torture, and murder


30 October 2020

School feeding: Auntie Dottie’s biryani is a hit with learners

But some learners are still not being fed in lockdown


28 October 2020

92 cases struck from court roll in three months due to police inefficiency

“Dockets are disappearing in different police stations. Cases are just disappearing off the roll”


22 October 2020

Desmond Tutu Health Foundation driver ‘held to ransom’ by taxi operators

Taxi operators could be deregistered or have their licences revoked should they be found guilty, says provincial transport department


14 October 2020

Backlog of over 19,000 disability grant applications since lockdown

SASSA says it will prioritise cases through appointments


2 October 2020

Activists threaten to take over unused land and farms

Call for state to form compact with civil society to drive land reform


28 September 2020

Cape Town councillors and activists trade accusations over land occupations

20,000 shacks have been built since January but City says it only has money to build 2,000 houses


16 September 2020

We are living in liquid shit, say eThembeni families

City of Cape Town says it’s not possible to drain away dirty water after sewage pipe burst


16 September 2020

Eight-year-old Clarence Solomons died over a housing dispute he had nothing to do with

Councillor and resident give contradictory accounts of what led to demolition of home that led to fatal protest


25 August 2020

Street kids lose out as restaurants close

StreetSmart sees massive drop in donations collected through restaurant bills


13 August 2020

Make Women’s Day matter by funding a shelter, urges Philisa Abafazi Bethu

Cape Town organisation hopes to open a second safe house


9 August 2020